Maligcong

“Paradise found, forgotten and reborn” is the story of Maligcong, an upper barangay of Bontoc in Mountain Province, eight kilometers away from the town proper. It used to be the show window of the town but it went into a lull until social media triggered its recent reborn. Maligcong is the Kankana-ey term that means “surrounded by rice paddies”, as the village sits in the middle of rice terraces, hailed as among the most beautiful in the entire Cordillera Region. The rice terraces are best…Continue Reading “Maligcong: A DIY Weekend Itinerary (2D/1N Itinerary, Expenses and Tips)”

Fuwa-as Falls

In between Bontoc and Tinglayan is Sadanga, a quaint town of Mountain Province overshadowed by its more popular neighbors including Sagada, Bontoc and Tinglayan. Unknown to many, it is home to some of the most beautiful rice terraces in the province. The rice terraces of Betwagan and Anabel that can be seen along the highway linking Bontoc and Tinglayan are just samplers. More than the verdant rice terraces, Sadanga offers more surprises to curious souls – wondrous caves and river systems, beautiful lakes, refreshing hot…Continue Reading “Tales From Sadanga: The Trek to Fowa-as Falls”

Cotabato City

Did you know that Cotabato City doesn’t belong to the Province of Cotabato nor South Cotabato? It actually, politically and geographically belongs to Maguindanao Province. Apparently, the city’s geopolitical location is as complicated as its history, culture and reputation. A city clouded with fear, and living in the stigma of its history and impression. A place struggling to move away from its own shadow. But the truth is, like other Mindanaoan City, Cotabato is typically diverse, multicultural and generally peaceful. As the provincial capital of…Continue Reading “Travel Guide: Cotabato City”

United Airlines Guam Marathon 2017

“Take a good rest and keep it going! You can do it man!” A young man’s rugged voice as I brisk walked past the four kilometer mark while catching my breath. I looked on my side, wondering where the voice was coming from. And there he was, behind me, running slowly… very slowly, on the same pace as mine. I nodded to him and for some moment we were in close distance. By and by, he went passed me. I could still see his back…Continue Reading “The Run in Paradise: A United Guam Marathon 2017 Experience”

Annapurna Base Camp

Looking back, I couldn’t recall what came into my mind when I decided to trek to Annapurna Base Camp on my own in December of 2014. Come on! Who, in their normal state of mind, would go on a week of high altitude trekking in a foreign land alone and unguided? I believe that is not something a mediocre person would do. But I did and I guess I am not normal. But they say mediocrity is fatal. And if a mediocre person wouldn’t go…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Annapurna Base Camp On My Own”

Lingayen Beach

As one of the biggest provinces in Luzon, the multitude of attractions of Pangasinan come not as a surprise. Its 285 kilometer coastline is home to some of the country’s beautiful beaches, its water to more than hundred of picturesque islands, its mountains to some of the countries majestic waterfalls. Just four hours away from Manila via SLEX, SCTEX and TPLEX, Pangasinan is just within reach. A perfect escape from the heat of Metropolis! So if you are thinking where to venture out of Manila, consider…Continue Reading “Ten Spots to Visit in Pangasinan”